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NEWSLETTER | 4 Jun 2020  
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Investing in a new financial world

The extreme volatility of the first quarter of 2020 has left its mark in a number of ways. This week’s newsletter brings you a deep dive into how the US’s Federal Reserve has organised its buying of fixed income ETFs, the first time the institution has taken this action.

We also have FlexShares’ David Huemmer taking us through how to invest for yield, specifically in dividends, when many companies have cancelled their dividend for the year.

Another month and another semi-transparent ETF launch. Legg Mason, who partly owns Precidian, has launched its first semi-transparent ETF, with a focus on value. And of course there is a little hint of the perennial favourite, ESG, in this week’s newsletter, with ECOZ detailing its view of the effect Covid-19 has had on the ESG sector.

Over on our sister title, Wealth Adviser, Nick Hutton, Head of UK iShares and wealth at BlackRock, comments on investor thinking in the form of the three Rs post the extreme volatility of the first quarter of 2020, and we have included the story on ETF Express as he also details the growth in popularity of both ETFs and ESG with UK professional investors.

If you missed the etfLIVE Europe digital summit, the videos of each panel discussion are available to give you a chance to catch up now… 

And for those who want more, the forthcoming etfLIVE NY digital summit programme is here

Beverly Chandler
Managing Editor, ETF Express

Companies in this issue
Hamilton ETFs
Legg Mason

Coronavirus stock market 'bounce back' matches those seen after SARS, Swine Flu, and MERS, says GraniteShares
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
While many investors believe the recent recovery in stock markets could be built on shaky foundations, the bounce back is similar to those seen in the wake of previous pandemics, says ETF provider GraniteShares.
Tidal ETF Services’ reaches USD1bn AUM milestone
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
Tidal ETF Services (Tidal), an provider of ETF services, has announced its assets under administration (AuA) have reached the USD1 billion milestone under its Tidal ETF Trust (Trust). 
Amplify ETFs exceeds USD1bn in AUM
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
Amplify ETFs has accumulated over USD1 billion in assets under management since the inception of its first exchange traded fund (ETF) in 2016. 
FlexShares’ Huemmer comments on dividends in the new financial world
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
Investors need to reconsider their approach to dividends in this new investment climate, says Chris Huemmer, Senior Investment Strategist at USD16 billion FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds.
SMCCF’s ETF bond buying spree examined
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
For the first time in its 107-year history, on 23 March this year, the US’s Federal Reserve announced that through its Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF), it would start buying corporate bond ETFs, a process that actually commenced on 12 May. 
TrueMark’s ECOZ outperforms the S&P
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
TrueMark Investments’ Principal and Chief Investment Officer Jordan Waldrep, Principal, provider of the ESG Active Opportunities ETF (ECOZ), comments that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated new societal trends such as working from home and contactless payments.
Legg Mason launches semi-transparent ETF
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
Legg Mason and its affiliate, ClearBridge Investments, LLC, have launched Legg Mason’s first ETF using the semi-transparent technology of Precidian Investments LLC, ActiveShares.
'Crises accelerate change', says BlackRock's Hutton
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
UK investors should look to the three Rs – reset, rebound and redesign – as they consider what to do next in terms of portfolio construction, says Nick Hutton (pictured), head of UK iShares and Wealth at fund management giant BlackRock…
Global ETF launches 28.05-04.06.20
Fri | 5 Jun 2020, 16:39
In a bumper week for new ETF launches, Legg Mason entered the brave new world of the semi-transparent ETF with the launch of the ClearBridge Focus Value ETF (CFCV), a series of the firm’s ActiveShares ETF Trust, on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe). Staying with active fund launches, Fidelity launched a family of three ESG funds, while TDAM added five new equity ETFs on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Hamilton ETFs debuted the Hamilton Financials Innovation also on the TSX.
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